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Youth of the Week: Ron Sreymoch

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Ron Sreymoch. Photograph: Phnom Penh Post

Sreymoch was an orphan early in her life. She never got love from her father nor care from her mother and hardly had any new clothes to put on like other kids.

Now, she’s become a young self-reliant lady who saves other women and kids in need.

Sreymoch, 27, is the youngest woman working as a women’s rights investigator at the Cambodian Human Rights and Development Association (ADHOC) in Kandal Province.

She says that whenever she gets any call or hears about a case of violence, rape, or trafficking, she has to verify the information herself and find what can be done to solve the situation.

She also works as a mediator and legal consultant with victims of violence or those entangled in legal contentions.

It is not always easy for a woman to show up in person at a crime scene and find out about the problem, she says.

According to Sreymoch, while she’s had to deal with people who were fine most of the time and agreed to cooperate with her, others were more difficult to handle.

There was even one case where a man tried to attack her with an axe.

Recollecting her youth, Sreymoch said she was a young girl whose parents would never demonstrate their care and divorced before she was even born.

At the age of five, Sreymoch’s mother passed away and left her with her grandmother, and two aunts.

“I was an orphan who lived with a widowed aunt and other children in a house that was lacking of everything.”

“When I was in grade nine, I did not have enough money to support my studies and could not ask my aunt, who did not have anything either,” she says. “She had four mouths to feed”.

During their holiday, Sreymoch decided to go to Poipet to work as a waitress to get some money for her studies.   

After graduating from high school, Sreymoch applied for a job everywhere and obtained a volunteering position.

Due to her hard work and patience, after one of the staff members resigned, she was offered a full-time, permanent contract at ADHOC in Kandal Province.

Although she has been offered other jobs positions from other organisations, she decided to commit to ADHOC to help kids and women in need.

“In the future however I would like to become a lawyer,"she says.

''This is my childhood dream.''

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